Cinnamon And Weight Loss – 8 Cinnamon Health Benefits


Cinnamon And Weight Loss - 7 Cinnamon Health Benefits

Adding some spice into your life may be just what the doctor ordered, and cinnamon and weight loss go hand in hand. This delicious, aromatic bark from the genus cinnamomom tree has a key weight loss feature in its ability to stop those unruly SUGAR cravings, and will also help keep blood sugar stable. Both of which are key elements to fighting fat – and more specifically, dangerous belly fat.


Different Types of Cinnamon:

Before we start it is essential for you to understand some little known facts about cinnamon. There are actually 2 different types, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon, and although they both taste similar, they are very different in terms of health benefits.


ceylon cinnamon is the best
Ceylon Cinnamon

For Health Reasons, It is VERY IMPORTANT You Know the below Information About Cinnamon Before You Buy it!!!

Ceylon cinnamon is the more expensive kind but has more superior health benefits, it also has a flaky bark (see pic). But most people who buy pre-ground cinnamon from the supermarket will more than likely be consuming the cassia type. Cassia often comes from China, is 10 times cheaper than ceylon, and is actually BAD for you if you eat it regularly – I will explain why in a bit.

Most cinnamon labels do not disclose which type of cinnamon they use as it all comes under the umbrella term of cinnamon, but pretty much ALL pre-ground super market cinnamon will be this cheaper variety.


Side Effects of Cassia Cinnamon:

cassia cinnamon is fake
Cassia Cinnamon

The problem with cassia cinnamon is this: although it does share some of the health properties of Ceylon, it is 1200 times higher in a substance called caumarin. This compound is dangerous when ingested regularly (especially if you are going to start using cinnamon every day) as it can cause serious health problems, including liver and kidney damage.

Luckily, most people don’t use cinnamon in high enough amounts for this to be an issue, and it is often just used as an occasional spice in bakery. But if you are going to be using it regularly you should buy the flaky variety of cinnamon bark, NOT the hard curls (see pic), and grind it yourself. This really is the only way to know that you’re getting the real deal.



1. WEIGHT LOSSCinnamon burns fat

Cinnamon can help with weight loss – and I’m talking belly fat loss specifically. This is because of the effect it has on blood glucose. When we a eat carbohydrates of any kind, which includes all things sweet, flours, grains, starchy vegetables, pulses and fruit, insulin is naturally released from the pancreas to mop those sugars up pushing them into cells to either be used for energy OR stored as fat.


Sugar Addiction:

As most of us are ‘hooked‘ on sugar and high GI carbohydrates, we are often on a sugar train of eating high GI foods, having an insulin response, and then (if those sugars are not used for energy ,which mostly they’re not) having those sugars stored as FAT.

Cinnamon can decrease the amount of glucose entering the blood after a meal by interfering with digestive enzymes, which in turn slows the breaking down of carbohydrates in the digestive system and therefore lowering a meals GI… cool huh? 


Low GI Eating:low GI eating helps you burn fat

Cinnamon is a great addition to a weight loss program, however, you should also be eating a low GI diet for not only better blood sugar control, but also because this type of diet not only contains lots of high antioxidant, anti aging super foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses, but also lots of fiber to keep the digestive tract in tip top condition.

For more easy to understand ‘how to’ information on how to make these changes and start clearing the junk out of your life (and more importantly your precious body) please check out these further posts.

’10 East Steps To Clean Eating’

‘Low GI Foods List’

‘Foods To Burn Fat Fast’


A Slower Release of Sugars Means Less Hunger Pangs:

Now to the crux of the matter – the slower those sugars are released into the bloodstream, then slower and more sustained release of energy you will get. This will not only stop you craving more sugar or carby foods again so quickly, but will also make you feel fuller for longer. And that’s the point – stable blood sugar stops the  cravings that make you gain weight!



Insulin is a hormone that is released by the pancreas to clear and transport sugars (carbohydrates) from the blood and into cells. The problem now is many people are becoming insulin resistant due to this hormones overuse in high sugar diets.

Insulin resistance is one of the main hallmarks of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Cinnamon is so powerful that it can actually reduces insulin resistance dramatically: it does this by helping insulin to function properly to lower blood sugar levels.


3. ANTI DIABETESCinnamon is Anti Diabetic and lowers a meals GI

As well as its powerful effects on insulin cinnamon also lowers blood sugar in other ways:-

  • Decreasing the amount of glucose to hit the bloodstream after you have eaten a meal.
  • The insulin mimmicing compound that cinnamon contains helps to vastly improve the uptake of glucose into cells, a good thing because insulin is a vital part of keeping blood sugar stable.

Numerous studies have been conducted that now confirm cinnamon most certainly has anti diabetic properties, and at doeses of 0.5-2 teaspoons a day can lower blood sugar levels by 10-29%.



All of the above benefits lead into the amazing benefit of anti aging too. A low GI diet and better blood sugar control will keep you looking young, and that’s an absolute FACT! All these sugar highs and lows actually accelerate the aging process, not just on the outside, but on the inside too.

A low GI diet and blood sugar control will keep chronic inflammation to a minimum, which in turn will lower your chances of many diseases and illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, alzheimer’s and some cancer’s. Given the fact that cinnamon in itself is a powerful anti inflammatory, adding it to a low GI diet will only enhance this effect.


5.  ANTIOXIDANTSantioxidants slow down the aging process

Cinnamon is higher in antioxidants than any other herb or spice. Antioxidants are an absolutely essential part of our diet because  they mop up the free radical damage caused in our bodies by toxins.  These toxins come from many sources, such as food, environment, sun exposure, alcohol or nicotine. In fact we are being bombarded from ALL angles by toxins every day, and many of which we have no control over such as traffic pollution and aeroplane fuel.

Free radicals are basically unpaired electrons that steal electrons from our own cells, thus causing damage to our DNA. This damage then causes aging and disease, but eating high levels of antioxidant rich foods will help negate this damage and slow down the aging process.



Now the biggest killer of our time, heart disease is something we all simply must take preventative measures towards, and this is where cinnamon could be a great supplement. A recent study concluded that a dose of just 120 milligrams a day can reduce bad LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides, and increase good HDL cholesterol.


7. ANTI CANCERcinnamon can help destroy cancer cells

Cinnamon’s effect on cancer cells and tumor growth has so far only been studied in animals, but was found to be toxic to cancer cells and to cause cancer cell death.

A separate study on mice with colon cancer showed cinnamon had the ability to activate detoxifying enzymes in the colon, therefore having a protective effect against further growth. These amazing results were also supported in test tube experiments, where it was seen in human colon cells to activate a protective antioxidant response.



Cinnamon is a powerful anti fungal, anti microbial and anti bacterial, and is great in the treatment of fungal infections such as in candida overgrowth. It can also inhibit certain bacteria like salmonella and listeria from growing.

It is often used as a digestive aid to help eliminate gas and bloating, and also alleviates IBS symptoms.


HOW TO USE CINNAMONadd cinnamon to any meal

Cinnamon is a very versatile spice: after you have sourced out your real ceylon cinnamon’ sticks (don’t forget, these are the FLAKY bark variety, not the hard tubes), you can grind them up in either a coffee grinder or pestel and mortar and add to pretty much anything you fancy.

Freshly ground cinnamon tastes just fabulous and smells super fresh. You can bake with it, sprinkle it on your cereal, or add to deserts, yogurt’s or hot drinks such as herbal tea’s or your bedtime milk.

Go crazy with it and try new things, just be sure to get at least a teaspoon into your diet every day to reap all these awesome benefits.


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Stefanie Taylor
I have studied nutrition for many years, and have since discovered that a plant based diet has been the most beneficial to my health and body. I have more energy and zest for life than I have ever had and this website is dedicated to helping others who wish to know more, and start out on this lifestyle.

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I didn’t know there were different types of cinnamon. Great to know! It looks like I’m getting the cheaper quality version, and I’m not really happy about that. Where can I find the ceylon sticks? Do you think Whole Foods has them?


Hey Stefanie, thanks for explaining the difference between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon, I had no idea regarding the health benefits Ceylon has as opposed to the more dangerous Cassia cinnamon.

My mum has been a huge fan of cinnamon for many years and sprinkles grounded cinnamon daily on porridge, I bet this will be the Cassia type the way you describe as her purchase regards a typical supermarket brand.
She’ll be devastated when I explain the difference between the two types – ha! She’ll certainly make the change towards Ceylon cinnamon and ground it herself.

Thanks for the warning,


Wow this is really interesting!
I eat cinnamon practically everyday in small amounts. I buy the grinded one in little spice bottles and it doesn’t say which one it is. What do you think? it’s probably the cassia one?

kind regards


This is some really interesting information. I had no idea that there was such a difference in the two different types of cinnamon, or that it could even be helpful in losing weight. especially the bad belly fat. Might be something I will look more into. Thank you for the help.


Wow, I wasn’t aware that there two types of cinnamon. I’ll be looking for ceylon, can you suggest any organic suppliers? With so many benefits I need to get some soon. Thank you.

Marques Pizarro

I love cinnamon! I have come across your articles before, and your information helps me so much! I never knew cinnamon was good for you! My favorite benefit is that cinnamon can improve insulin sensitivity. I am planning to add this to my smoothies and protein. Is there a point where too much is not good for you? I hope to see your response, thank you, Stefanie!


Very good post Stefanie, you always bring something new and informative. Indeed, cinnamon is really very important, I was aware about the health benefits but not as much as you have explained here, honestly. From now on I will use it regularly. Thanks for sharing this informative post.


I knew cinnamon was good for health, but I didn’t know about its effects on glucose metabolism, and that’s just AWESOME. I’m gonna go online and find some quality cinnamon and order it to make sure I’m getting the good stuff – is there any brand in particular you recommend?